Dr Victoria Palmer
- Research Associate (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
Victoria Palmer is a research associate in the Complexity in Health Programme at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. Victoria's research focuses on understanding older adults' physical activity and sedentary behaviour and developing and evaluating interventions to support people to be more active as they get older. She is currently leading the qualitative work on the PACES: Physical Activity, social ConectednESs and healthy ageing project exploring what influences feelings of social connection and levels of physical activity in adults aged 55-75 years old. Victoria is also a core member of the ATTAIN network which aims to develop effective and attainable physical activity interventions, and extend healthy life expectancy in communities that experience health inequalities.
Before joining the Complexity and Health Programme Victoria was a research associate on the Sit Less Move More project, developing and evaluating an intervention to support older adults to sit less, and become more active. She has also worked on projects which sought to understand older people's sedentary patterns and how to support older people to reduce their sedentary time. This included the development of Sit Less, Move More, Feel Good! a short leaflet-based intervention to support older adults to sit less and the Sit Less, Move More, Feel Good! website which hosts the leaflet and associated training materials.
Prior to joining the University of Glasgow Victoria completed her PhD entitled 'The negotiation of physical activity in three-generational families' in 2015 at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Victoria is a sociologist and an experienced qualitative researcher with experience using a wide range of methods including data-led interviews, life history interviews, and participatory methods.
- Physical activity and sedentary behaviour
- Developing and evaluating complex interventions
- Sociology of the body, sport, health and illness, family life, ageing
- Innovative qualitative and mixed-methods methodologies
BBSRC and MRC Ageing Across the Lifecourse Networks. Breen L (PI), Stathi A, Simpson S, Palmer VJ, Maden-Wilkinson TM, Crone D. Lifelong Physical AcTivity TArgeting INequalities (ATTAIN): A Transformative Network for Healthy Ageing.£199560.26. February 2022 - February 2024.
Chief Scientist Office. Gray CM (PI), Palmer VJ, Wyke S, Blane D, Fitzsimons C, Mutrie N, Hunter R, Maxwell D, Bain F. Sit Less, Move More: Improving sedentary behaviour and physical activity in community-dwelling older adults: development and feasibility testing of a novel technology-supported intervention.£299,167. Sept 2017- May 2021. (Sit Less, Move More)
Scottish Funding Council Global Challenges Research Fund. Palmer VJ (PI), Gray CM, Halliday J, Wight D. Building sustainable capacity to develop and evaluate social and public health interventions: piloting a workshop to train researchers in East Africa. £15,000.Oct 2018 – June 2019.
University of Glasgow: Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Flexible Fund. Palmer VJ (PI), Gray CM. Helping older adults sit less and move more: development of an online platform to support widespread roll-out of a brief intervention. £18,471. October 2018 – March 2019.
ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. Gray CM (PI), Palmer VJ, Wyke S. Intervening on sedentary behaviour in older adults from results to practice. £19,848. Oct 2016 – May 2017.